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Focus! Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus in a Near-Sighted, Distracted World! (The Blind Man in John 9 – Part 15)
They then claim to have certain knowledge about God speaking to Moses. This they knew. What they didn’t know was where “this fellow” came from! And these were the leaders responsible for the spiritual safety of the people of Israel!
The ignorance of the man born blind (how he was healed) is matched by the ignorance of the religious leaders (regarding the identity of Jesus). That kind of stalemate gave the man born blind an opportunity to perhaps exit the conversation. But “in for a dime, in for a shekel,” as they say. So he attacks!
“Now that is remarkable! You don’t know where he comes from, yet he opened my eyes.” Isn’t the man born blind really saying, “You’ve failed the geography test — which was a small matter — how in the world can you pass the miraculous one?” And I think he used his brand new eyes to stare them down one by one.
What do you and I KNOW? I mean, really? We know that God loves us. We know that He’s done something about our sin. And we know that He is in the sight-giving business. But only to those who recognize their own blindness and want it taken away. (to be continued)
17 Be good to your servant while I live,
that I may obey your word.
18 Open my eyes that I may see
wonderful things in your law.
19 I am a stranger on earth;
do not hide your commands from me.
20 My soul is consumed with longing
for your laws at all times.
21 You rebuke the arrogant, who are accursed,
those who stray from your commands.
22 Remove from me their scorn and contempt,
for I keep your statutes.
23 Though rulers sit together and slander me,
your servant will meditate on your decrees.
24 Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
This miracle, perhaps the most extended coverage of a miracle in the Bible, has fascinated me for years. I’ve had the joy of going through this entire ninth chapter of John with several groups of lifers in CIU’s prison initiative.
There is so much in this story that deserves our attention. We notice in verse 1 that Jesus sees “a man blind from birth.” How did He know the man was blind from birth? Of course, as God the Son He knew everything. But from a human point of view, how did He know?
It’s possible that the disciples were told by others that the man was born blind. I think it likely that this man, who had to live the life of a beggar, might have had a particular begging cry, something like, “BORN BLIND! I WAS BORN BLIND! Please help me!”
When you think about tragedies in life, being born blind has got to be toward the top of the list. But such tragedies do not take God by surprise. In fact, we read in Exodus 4 (when Moses is making his excuses that he is not eloquent enough to speak to Pharaoh): “11 The Lord said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
What tragedy have you experienced in your life? As the old hymn says, “Jesus knows all about your sorrows . . .” Nothing takes the Lord by surprise. And He SEES you in your difficulty. (to be continued)
This is something I wrote a few years ago. One of my all-time favorite passages of Scripture is the story of the man born blind in John 9. I believe that account is the longest account of a miracle — and its aftermath — in all of the Bible.
Here is my fictionalized version of this story. Please let me know what you think of it.